I won’t sugar coat it, eating a strict Paleo diet can be more expensive than a standard american diet (SAD). There are definitely ways to cut costs and make it work with your budget though. Like eating a diet heavy in vegetables and avoiding processed foods (even the Paleo kind!). I wont get too in depth with it since there are literally entire blogs by people about just this subject. What I will tell you is that you should be doing some of your shopping at Aldi!
Seems kinda crazy right? In the past Aldi was laden with pretty much only junk food. Things have really taken a turn though and the tides have changed. As of January 1, 2017 Aldi has committed to removing 8 pesticides from all items in their stores. As well as really increasing the amount of organic and gluten free items they carry. Sure I can’t get all the items I need from their, but being able to go every few weeks and stock up on certain things has helped keep my grocery budget in check.
I took a trip there yesterday and picked up some things. Below are pics and prices for what my store offers. There are still many more things that are Paleo at Aldi than what I was able to snap pics of. So be sure to check it out and save yourself some loot! Side note: be sure to bring a quarter for the grocery cart (no worries you get it back when you return the cart!) and bring your own bags too!
They don’t have a huge produce section but they actually offer quite a bit and a section of it is even organic. One way I save money is by working off the dirty dozen and clean 15 list from the EWG. I buy the produce listed on the clean 15 and only organic for those on the dirty dozen.
Seafood should always be purchased wild caught and not farmed. Basically farmed seafood are swimming in a concentrated pool of their own filth. Juuust let that sink in for a second. Gross. Aldi carries wild caught salmon, scallops and a few other fish such as tilapia. They are even sustainably caught! Heck yeah!
Pasta sauce can get really pricey when you start getting into organic no junk added sauces. I’ve seen many jars upwards of $6-8/jar! Ideally we’d all make our own but lets be real, most of us aren’t going to do that. I’m hoping to this summer but until then I will keep buying the Aldi organic brand and add some extra dried herbs and olive oil to make it taste homemade.
Frozen produce is not only a cost saver, it also can be a lifesaver on busy nights or when the fridge runneth empty! They don’t have a huge selection but they have brussels sprouts and even organic berries!
A new find was this salsa! They have always carried some really cool varieties but they only recently came out with an organic one and with pretty clean ingredients!
I normally don’t shy away from healthy oils for cooking. I use a generous amount in my food. However, there are times that using an oil spray is just needed, such as on a waffle iron, or in a muffin tin. Every oil spray I have seen, that doesn’t also have soy lecithin in it, (Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray does have this) is about $5/bottle. I was so excited when I spotted this olive oil spray that only has olive oil in it and a steal at $2.49!!
Nuts are typically something most Paleo people keep on hand. Aldi offers a wide selection of them, just be sure you buy raw ones that don’t have added oils. They also have cashew butter and almond butter!
This past year I discovered I don’t react to goat milk products! It’s been so wonderful being able to eat goat cheese and goat milk yogurt. I usually snag a few goat cheeses while at Aldi and found a cool red wine variety this trip!
A few other things to grab…
- Coconut oil
- Raw honey
- Organic applesauce and squirt applesauce pouches
- Organic baby food pouches (I take these when we travel for times there is literally nothing else to eat)
- Rice pasta
- Kerrygold cheese varieties
- LaCroix is even there on occasion!
- Organic ketchup (it has added sugar so if you’re looking for squeaky clean Paleo, skip it)
They are always getting new products in and have one time specials so there are many more things than just the ones I listed! Check them out and let me know what you think!